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NFL power rankings put Patriots, Cowboys ahead of the Chiefs

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The consensus is that the Kansas City Chiefs are a top five team. They're No. 4 in most of the 2016 (soon to be 2017) NFL power rankings that we have been tracking and No. 5 in a couple others. The teams ahead of the Chiefs are the Patriots and Cowboys in every one and then either the Steelers or Falcons in others.

That sounds about right to me. The Chiefs don't always look impressive when they win but it's hard to argue with the results. They just keep on winning.

Here's a look at this week's power rankings and what they're saying:

SB Nation: 4


Travis Kelce has recorded 100 receiving yards in five of the Chiefs' past six games. In that time, Kelce leads the NFL in receiving yards with 651, which is actually 89 more than the next-closest receiver. Looks like nobody is catching Kelce.

Washington Post: 4

The Chiefs, after beating the Broncos on Sunday night to eliminate the defending Super Bowl champs from the playoffs, now need the Broncos to beat the Raiders this weekend to have a chance to move up in the playoff seeding. Maybe running up the score on the Broncos with that Dontari Poe TD pass wasn’t the greatest idea, after all.

USA Today: 5 4

Dontari Poe ... the 346-pound Tim Tebow of the NFL. Huge touchdown, literally. Poe was one of many Chiefs who helped the team matriculate the ball down the field Sunday night. The 2016 Chiefs would make former head coach Hank Stram very proud. Stram's Chiefs played the NFL's longest game on Christmas Day 1971, a true NFL classic, 45 years before Andy Reid's group moved closer to hosting a playoff game at Arrowhead. In order to do that, the Raiders must lose against the Broncos, while the Chiefs have to take out their nemesis -- the always tough Chargers -- in San Diego. [Insert the you-can-throw-out-the-records-for-this-game line here.]

CBS Sports: 5

They looked good beating the Broncos on Sunday night. Now they have to keep it going to the postseason.

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